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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Prospector Bus Breaks All-Time Monthly Record Service


Aug. 1, 2019 – Clear Creek County Communications, Colo.  – Clear Creek County’s Prospector Bus had a record 477 riders last month (July), beating the previous record of 431 riders in October 2018.  In addition to the new record, ridership (through July 2019) puts this year on track to pass all of 2018 numbers (2,986).  As of July 31, 2019, 2,252 riders have taken the County’s Prospector bus this year.  In addition to the 477 riders in July, the Prospector ran a free shuttle service for residents and visitors to enjoy the July 4th celebrations in Idaho Springs, serving nearly 100 patrons that day. 

“From our dedicated riders, great drivers and sponsors, we want to thank everyone for their support in making this happen,” said John Bryan, County Communications and Prospector Director.  “Our goal for 2019 was 3,400 riders, and it looks like we might beat that,” he added.      

In June 2018, the Prospector expanded its hours, adding a morning and afternoon loop with stops in Georgetown, Empire, Dumont (Post Office), and Idaho Springs.  The schedule also ties in to the BUSTANG Idaho Springs stop/schedule, which is the CDOT-operated “…interregional bus line connecting Colorado cities and local transit with a single service…”      

Prospector Information:  Runs M-F (7:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-6:30pm)

For the schedule and times, go to: .

For the bus map/route, go to:

Fares run $1 (in-town), $2 (town-town), and a 50% discount for seniors, students and children.  Books of ‘10’ tickets can be purchased from the bus drivers for $10---one ticket is good for any length of a one-way trip, saving riders money.

The Prospector runs Monday – Friday (no weekends), and is equipped with a hydraulic lift for special needs and two wheelchair accessible spots.  Popular stops include: the Hotel de Paris, Idaho Springs Ride Stop, Town of Empire, the CHPG Clinic-Idaho Springs, and the Safeway in Idaho Springs.    

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